Mumbai: When the two captains- New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and India’s Virat Kohli- go out for toss ahead of the second ODI at Mount Maunganui on Saturday, they will be accompanied by a nine-year-old girl, Hannah Raval.
"ANZ Bank (the sponsor) has nominated her (from a random draw) for a once in a lifetime opportunity to be with the two captains at the toss", Hannah's father, Nilay Raval, a businessman in New Zealand, said over telephone.
Originally from Gujarat, her family moved to New Zealand in 2007.
"She will be handing over the coin to the home captain. Hannah's birthday is on 31st January but she has already got the biggest birthday gift in advance. She was at the Hamilton ground when Indian team came to New Zealand in 2014",” he added.
He also went onto say that Hannah was a huge fan of MS Dhoni.
"Hannah is a great fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and her nickname is Dhoni. She plays cricket like Dhoni and also drinks milk like Dhoni, minimum 1 to 2 litre a day".
"Hannah started playing cricket in the same suburb as Kane (Williamson) used to live in the same suburb called Otumoetal as Kane in 2014-15", Nilay added.
Interestingly, Hannah will be in Black-caps attire but if allowed, will carry Indian flag. "It is India's Republic Day and hence this idea".
"We carry Indian flag in our lounge / drawing hall and one in kids bedroom", he continued.
"My 6-year-old son (Nirman) is Virat Kohli's fan and has drawn a photograph of Kohli. The same will be presented to India captain".
"Our would be supporting cricket-not to any specific team. As one is our heart and the other is mind. Both kids would be in Black caps uniform and me and my wife (Tina) in Men in Blue T shirts with two big Indian flags and one New Zealand flag", concluded Nilay Raval....